Presidency of Zachary Taylor

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Note


 A hero of the Mexican War, Zachary Taylor had notoriety and and a glistening record that made him an attractive presidential nomnee for the Whig Party. In 1848, Taylor won the party's nomination on the 4th ballot then went on to defeat the Democratic Party's candidate, Lewis Cass. Taylor defeated Cass by 163 electoral votes to 127 electoral votes. Taylor then died sixteen months into his administration. Prior to his death, Taylor had opposed the creation of any new slave states he called for the immediate statehood of California. However, southerners fought ardently against this, as they feared a majority of free states that could out vote slave states. Unfortunately, the Taylor administration was beset with scandal. Certain financial …

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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Presidency of Zachary Taylor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2009
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